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Car sale plea over shooting

PUBLISHED: 17:18 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 11 August 2010

A BODYBUILDER accused of gunning down a father-of-one on the orders of a drug dealer told jurors he only visited the scene to sell two cars. Wayne Collins, 26, claimed he was asked to find the vehicles at short notice and deliver them to Benskins Lane in

A BODYBUILDER accused of gunning down a father-of-one on the orders of a drug dealer told jurors he only visited the scene to sell two cars.

Wayne Collins, 26, claimed he was asked to find the vehicles at short notice and deliver them to Benskins Lane in Romford.

Later that day landscape gardener Mark Tredinnick, 39, was shot nine times in the same road in front of his partner and four-year-old son.

The prosecution claim Collins was the hitman who carried out the killing for drug dealer Mark Osborne, 29, and his brother Tony, 27.

Tony Osborne has given evidence claiming he arranged a meeting between the victim, known as Trill, and Mr Collins on the day of the murder, June 1, 2007.

But Collins, who is nicknamed 'Shoulders' because of his oversize trapeze muscles, took the stand today to deny any involvement in the shooting.

He told the court he had arranged to meet Tony Osborne at a skip yard in Benskins Lane the previous day.

Collins added: "The only reason for the meet was that he wanted a couple of cars for one of his pals.

"He just said his pal wanted them for a bit of work. The phrase 'bit of work' I assumed he meant a robbery or something."

Collins said he phoned his friend Terry Sherman to locate the vehicles and finally found a VW Golf and an Astra van.

He said Osborne originally wanted them that evening but it was decided they would hand them over the next day.

Collins claimed they left the Astra van parked in Benskins Lane and dropped the Golf off at the yard.

He said they then met Osborne at the Collier Row Inn nearby to collect their money.

Collins added: "It was about seven to eight hundred pounds."

He claimed his wife was with him when they dropped off the cars and added: "The only reason to talk to Tony about was the cars. It was just cars."

The prosecution say Terry Sherman was the getaway driver who left the scene with Collins in a red VW Golf after the shooting.

Jurors have heard Mr Tredinnick owed the Osborne brothers £28,000 after working for them as a cocaine dealer.

Phone records show contact between the Osborne brothers, Collins and Sherman on the day of the murder.

Mark Osborne, of no fixed address, Sherman, of Longbridge Road, Barking, Collins, of Campion House, Rush Green, and Tony Osborne, of Galleywood, Essex, and Church Hill, Loughton, all deny murder.

The trial continues.


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